Curt Mallory remembers being a young assistant coach at Ball State in 1997, which was the first time he met Craig Bohl — now Wyoming’s head coach but then an assistant coach at Nebraska where the Cornhuskers were coming off winning a national title.
Mallory called Bohl and asked if he could come watch some film with him at Nebraska. Bohl took an entire day to spend with Mallory.
Now, Mallory is coaching on Bohl’s staff at UW as the Cowboys’ defensive secondary coach and passing game coordinator. Mallory joined UW’s staff earlier this year.
“From that time on you root for guys like that,” said Mallory of Bohl. “Those are the kind of guys you want to work for. I’m real fortunate to be here and excited to be here.”
Mallory came to UW from his alma mater, Michigan, where he coached the defensive secondary there from 2011-14. Mallory also has coached at Akron, Illinois, Indiana, Central Michigan and Ball State. Most of Mallory’s stops had him coach the secondary, but he also has worked with linebackers, special teams units and he was the defensive coordinator during the one season he was at Akron in 2010.
“His experience is showing rather quickly,” said Bohl of Mallory being on the coaching staff. “(The Mountain West) is a perimeter league with a lot of speed and skill so those back seven guys really need to work in concert. … Last year, we couldn’t run well enough defensively.”
Mallory said he knew UW running backs coach Mike Bath when he was an assistant coach in the Mid-American Conference. While at Indiana, current UW receivers coach Kenni Burns was a running back for the Hoosiers.
John Richardson still coaches UW’s cornerbacks, but not only does UW have a new secondary coach it will have a lot of new faces playing back there this season. After the Cowboys’ first practice of spring drills Monday, Mallory liked what he saw.
“The guys have a great work ethic,” he said. “They’re here to learn and I’ve been encouraged with what I’ve seen as far as their want-to and willingness to learn. They come to work every day and want to get better. I’ve been encouraged with their effort.”
Mallory liked that were not many alignment or communication errors Monday, but added there is still a lot of work to do and improvement to make throughout spring and leading up to the Cowboys’ first game Sept. 5 against North Dakota.
Mallory said that you can’t “put a price tag on experience,” and that players who have game experience for the Cowboys such as sophomore safety Tim Kamana, senior cornerback Tyran Finley and sophomore cornerback Robert Priester (out this spring as he recovers from knee surgery) must grow from that and use it to get better.
For more UW football coverage, including a story on how junior middle linebacker Lucas Wacha is taking on a couple of new roles this season, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.